Tip! **Edition of 50** At the end of 2019 Jarra already surprised us with his IsoMonads tape, but now he ventures even deeper into the void with For A Moment Nothing Happens. One moment you can only perceive small and cautious footsteps moving through an inaccessible, icy universe, while the next an infernal cosmic mechanism switches into overdrive. Indeed, for a single moment nothing seems to happen, but then Jarra pulls out all the stops. Subtly and patiently he immerses his listener in a delusional sound oases. Raw frequencies beat around your ears, sky-high jubilant overtones permeate your subconscious, threatening drones and unfathomable silences unleash inner primal fears.
While listening to the four compositions of For A Moment Nothing Happens, you immediately notice that Jarra has turned the sound of analog synthesizers - like the Buchla Easel, Marienberg Devices and the Rob Hordijk System - inside out. Applying a strict and demarcated working method, he gives the familiar synthesizer sounds an entirely different aura. By using analogue effects, feedback and distortion, Jarra creates a gritty, raw and organic palette. “I can spend days working on my synthesizers before I really draw out something magical,” he explains. “I play with the instability of the synthesizer so that my own input remains minimal. Fortunately, I can now increasingly predict how the sounds will turn out. That means a hell of a lot of listening. In my opinion, the role of composer and listener is being turned around more and more, so the little you do as a creator has to be done very concentrated”. The junction where music ceases to be music and sounds start to become music intrigues Jarra immensely.
In Jarra's music you can hear the dark shadows of industrial music magicians like Maurizio Bianchi, Deathprod and Kevin Drumm, but also drone pioneers Roland Kayn, Eliane Radigue and Pauline Oliveros inspire Jarra's supernatural sound fantasies. The aim is to make music that has separated itself completely from its creator, and takes on a life of its own in the listener's imagination. Jarra's sound poems have a dark, mysterious edge. “I am fascinated by the inscrutability of our existence. I think of conflicts like the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Our entire history is recorded by people who lived to tell about these disasters. But what would our history look like if it had been written by the people who didn't survive. Is our image of reality too rosy?” Listening to Jarra's latest work, questions regarding the cosmic mystery and the immeasurable loneliness of man reverberate more intensely than ever. - Mark van de Voort